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Jun 29, 2014

A Further Look at the Pigalle x Nike Air Raid

First off an initial unveiling very recently in Paris, we get a further look into Pigalle’s latest effort with Nike. Taking a shoe not often subjected to collaborations, the Nike Air Raid receives a Pigalle re-design featuring two monotone colorways in fuschia and white. Both styles bring forth a detail-orientated approach with subtle branding. Denoted as a shoe destined for the outdoor, special messaging at the heel reads “FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.” Stay tuned for more details on a launch as Pigalle continue with their basketball heavy activations.

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Jun 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx coyote meets sad fate

A coyote spotted dead on the side of the Bronx River Parkway Wednesday morning was likely the same one seen roaming a playground near Boston Post Rd. hours earlier.

Verizon worker Nicholas Rukaj was on his way to work when he saw a motionless carcass on the side of Bronx River Parkway South around 6 a.m. near Bronx Park East, he said.

“The timeline fit to a tee,” said Rukaj, who added that it was the same color and size as one pictured in The News Thursday. “It was bigger than a dog, then I saw its face.”

The photos, taken by an amateur astronomer, had been shot three hours earlier and less than a mile away.

The wild dog met the same fate as “Major the Coyote,” which was honored with a statute at the southwest entrance to Van Cortlandt Park after it was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross Major Deegan Expressway in 1995.

It was the city’s first coyote sighting in five decades.

Wild Dog Foundation President Frank Vincenti said coyotes are “usually pretty smart with roads.”

“But with the volume of traffic in New York City, getting nailed on the road is going to be a common occurrence because there are coyotes who are not in a pack that wander out into the road,” he said.

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Jun 29, 2014

adidas Originals SL Loop Runner Lookbook

The latest model to join the adidas Originals family has been the SL Loop Runner. Taking nods from the classic SL 72, the more performance-orientated SL Loop Runner features a lightweight upper that preserves from of the key design elements of its predecessor. Check out the SL Loop Runner through a series of styled looks while the shoe is available now at select retailers globally and online through

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Jun 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Two killed, 14 wounded as gun violence sweeps across all five boroughs

Two men were killed and 14 people — including a 10-year-old boy — were wounded in a wave of gun violence that swept across all five boroughs Saturday night into Sunday morning, police said.

The mayhem began about 7:20 p.m. when a gunman opened fire outside a deli on Mermaid Ave. near W. 24th St., two blocks from the Coney Island boardwalk.

A 10-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man were both hit by bullets and rushed to Lutheran Medical Center with non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

The child, identified as Eddie Abdelrahaman, was hit in the knee, family members said at the hospital.

“He was going to the store,” his older brother Ahmed Abdelrahaman told the Daily News. “He had nothing to do with it.”

Eddie’s uncle Abdalla was outraged.

“It’s terrible and it’s unbelievable,” the 50-year-old said. “Kids are not innocent or safe anymore… The police have to step up their patrol.”

The bloodshed continued as police found Jason Bragg, 33, of the Bronx, lying dead on a Queens street at 10:22 p.m., authorities said. Bragg was found on 219 St. near 121st Ave. in St. Albans with a bullet wound to his head. Police were hunting for his killer, but had made no arrests and a motive was not immediately clear.

Less than an hour later in Manhattan, a man was shot in the foot at 11:05 p.m. at E. 99 St. and 2nd Ave., police said. He was in stable condition as police hunted for his assailant.

In the Bronx at 12:28 a.m., a man was shot in the back on Kelly St. at 12:28 a.m. He was in stable condition, police said.

A cookout turned violent in Manhattan when four people were shot inside Harlem River Park near E. 139 St. around 2 a.m.

A 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were both shot in the leg and taken to Harlem Hospital Center. A woman was shot in the torso and was also taken to Harlem Hospital Center.

The fourth victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the foot and taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. He was later taken into custody along with two other men in connection with the crime, police said.

An 18-year-old woman who was at the cookout said the crowd of 120 people scattered when they heard the fusillade.

“There were like twenty shots, they were just letting them go,” she said. “I just ran, I even dropped my phone…I couldn’t even tell how many people were shooting. It was just scary.”

Police recovered two guns at the scene.

In Staten Island, a 40-year-old man was shot in the face after a dispute with another man in front of a home on Amboy Rd. in New Dorp, police said. The man was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition after the 3:14 a.m. shooting. Police had made no arrests.

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a man was killed and two people were wounded when a gunman opened fire on corner of Tapscott St. and Sutter Ave. at 3:26 a.m.

A 27-year-old woman was rushed to King’s County Hospital Center with a bullet wound to her foot. A 31-year-old man was shot in right leg and was also rushed to King’s County Hospital Center. A 28-year-old man was shot in the back and rushed to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where he died, police said. Police had made no arrests.

Nearby in Brooklyn, a man was shot in the right leg on Bergen St. near Ralph Ave. around 4 a.m., police said. He was brought to Kings County Hospital Center, where he refused to cooperate with investigators, police said.

Less than an hour later in the Bronx, a 24-year-old man was shot at University Ave. & West 195th St. at 4:58 a.m. He was rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital in stable condition. A 29-year-old man was apprehended soon after the incident and a firearm was recovered, police said.

The mayhem ended in Brooklyn just after 7 a.m. when a 25-old-man was shot twice in the abdomen inside the Linden Houses on Vermont St. and Wortman Ave.

Emergency responders rushed the man to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where he was expected to survive. The gunman was still at large.

Police were investigating all of the incidents.

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Jun 29, 2014

Raf Simons – Spring/Summer 2015 Collection


Belgian fashion designer, Raf Simons revealed his Spring/Summer 2015 collection during Paris Fashion Week, which draws inspiration from Japanese culture, horror movies, roller coasters and most importantly old photos of his parents. Featuring long coats, various patterned knitwear, tank tops, shirts, slim-fitting trousers and footwear, the collection is united through its complimenting color palette of solid tones and accenting patterns. Overall, the lineup of garments was quite simply a canvas for tribute of and Simons’ imagination.

Expect the collection to debut at Raf Simons stockists by early next Spring.

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Jun 29, 2014

Ateliers Heschung 2014 Spring/Summer Collection

Heritage French shoemaker Ateliers Heschung present their latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Still manufactured in its birthplace of Northern Alsace, the brand’s footwear originated there in 1934 serving workers in the area. While retaining the same commitment to quality craftsmanship and premium materials, Heschung continues to deliver new styles for the times with distinguishing elements for this season’s release including the use of Italian vegetable Vachetta leather and Italian suede as well as KVADRAT textiles for added breathability. Finishing details include Norwegian reverse-welted stitching and both Vibram ripple soles and Heschung’s personalized military soles across its various models. Check out the entire collection now through Heschung’s website.

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Jun 29, 2014

Pigalle Unveils Basketball Collection Featuring New Nike Air Raid

For Pigalle, its love of basketball and fashion are two elements of culture that have gain increasing awareness and intersection within the Parisian brand. Coming off the energy of their original Nike collaboration a few short months ago, Pigalle once again unveiled a basketball-inspired collection in Paris, inclusive of an all-new footwear collaboration with Nike on the Air Raid. Taking an aesthetic based around patterns and gradients, the well-tailored sportswear combines with monotone-colored Air Raids that exude the perfect balance of simplicity and design. Stay tuned for more details on a release.

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Jun 29, 2014

Community Collections: Jay Envy

Reeboks on, he’s just doing it. Community Collections swings through Atlanta to put the spotlight on one of the biggest Reebok enthusiasts out there. Jay Envy is a sneaker stocker who was a huge fan of Allen Iverson, and has now let his love for the  lifetime RBK representative shape his entire kick collection. Originally hooked on the Reebok Question in 1996, of course, this community member got back into the game when the brand began to retro the originals. Now Envy has expanded his range across the entire brand, from other Shaq and Shawn Kemp retros, to Reebok Originals, with a few other memorable brands from his childhood mixed in.

Stream through the following pages to see highlights and commentary on Jay’s entire sneaker stash, including his his Most Rare Pair and Most Frequent Wear. Drop a line on what you think of his collection in the comment section at the bottom of the page, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers.

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Name: Jay Envy
Instagram: @jayenvy
City: Atlanta, GA
Started: 2005
Size: 9.5

Collection Summary:

“To make a long story short, growing up my parents could only afford Payless shoes with whatever knockoffs they had. Skip a couple of decades and now that I can afford buying most of whatever sneakers I like, I try to get all the pairs I couldn’t get as a kid. That lasted a couple of years and I started getting into collecting designer toys, so my shoe collection took a backseat for a long while. I found my way back into the sneaker culture again when Reebok started to retro some of the original colorways for the first Reebok Question. Being a huge Allen Iverson fan, I was just going to cop Questions and Reebok Answers only. Over a period of time, I caught the bug and started to buy other silhouettes from Reebok as well, which eventually ballooned to where I am now. When I first got onto Instagram, you couldn’t find three other people that were avid Reebok fans. A couple of years later, there are a handful amount of us now, so shout out to @teamreebok1895!”

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Jun 29, 2014

A First Look at the Juun.J x adidas Originals Superstar

Here’s our first look at Juun.J’s latest footwear collaboration with adidas Originals on the iconic Superstar silhouette. Known for its dark and elaborate collections which often create a stir among fashion’s elite, the Korean label most recently elected to go with an all-white aesthetic and simple details. Featuring a leather upper, the iconic rubber shell toebox and three velcro straps for a secure lockdown, this iteration offers a fresh throwback aesthetic for summer. The clean upper sits atop a white rubber outsole which rounds out the design. No word yet on its exact retail value or release date, however we expect these kicks to drop during Spring/Summer 2015.

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Jun 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Third World band starts ‘African Arts Festival’

The popular and versatile reggae band Third World is on its way to Brooklyn to headline the opening day of the 2014 International African Arts Festival on July 3 in Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park, Navy St., between Park and Flushing Aves., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival continues on July 4, 5 and 6 with a wide range of entertainment and activities from throughout the African disapora.

Third World’s anticipated performance is part of the IAAF’s impressive lineup of entertainment and rich cultural offerings. The July 3 events also include Phillip Jennngs, Runway the magician, the Kuumba Kids Culture Zone, a natural hair show and the Touch 2.0 Dance Party.

On July 4, the Earthman Experience Band, featuring Hard Hittin’ Harry, will headline the day’s events, which also include David Cedeno, the Donald Smith All Stars, Tracy Pierre, and a reading of the famous Frederick Douglass Fourth of July speech by Rome Neal.

The International Electric Transfusion Band, the Universal African Dancers and Drummers and parade are part of the July 5 activities. And on July 6, Awa Shango, the Golden Voice of Mali, will perform. There will also be a tribute to Nania Kimati Dinizulu by the Dinizulu African Dancers, Drummers and Singers, performances by the Medgar Evers College Dance Ensemble, the Imani Singers and the Tschaka Tonge Experience.

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae helped coordinate the Third World performance and other reggae components of the 2014 IAAF, said CPR founder Sharon Gordon, who urged festival-goers to support the 43-year-old annual cultural event by donating more than the festival entry fee. “Put a little more the bucket,” she said.

Committee to Preserve Reggae helped coordinate the Third World performance and other reggae components of the 2014 IAAF.

“The collaboration between the IAAF and CPR continues to grow,” said Gordon, adding that the July 3 show will also feature entertainers in a CPR musical showcase.

This year, the festival will have a shuttle van service, to and from the park. Vans will leave from the Atlantic Terminal LIRR/subway hub, Ashland and Hanson Places, and from the Jay and Willoughby Sts. near the Metro Tech complex.

Heading to the park, vans will arrive at Jay and Willoughby Sts. at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

The van will arrive at the Atlantic Terminal stop at 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

Vans will leave the park hourly, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with the last van departing at 10 p.m.

Patrons and vendors will also benefit from free business listings on the IAAF Online Directory, providing information on the participants in the festival’s marketplace.

For information, call (718) 638-6700 and visit and like the IAAF Facebook page at Also visit the Coalition to Preserve Reggae website:


St. Lucia is taking part in a project to bring government to the people of the Caribbean by getting information online and making it easily accessible, according the spokesperson for the World Bank.

The eastern Caribbean nation is the first in the region to join a new, “open government data” initiative. Open government data refers to the public gaining access to non-sensitive government statistics.

Open data — which can have uses for businesses, nonprofit groups as well as individuals — can include weather, traffic and real estate information.

“This project is starting to sow the seeds to allow us to make information available,” said James Fletcher, minister of Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology of St. Lucia.”It is about making data available to the general public so that they can come up with their own conclusions on whether government agencies are performing in a way we should be performing.”

St. Lucia recently started an Open Data Readiness Assessment. A pilot assessment was completed in Antigua and Barbuda in 2013 and discussions are ongoing with several other Caribbean countries to come adopt the initiative.


Celebrating the 48th independence anniversary of Guyana, a free reception will be held at Brooklyn Borough Hall on July 9, featuring music, dance and special recognition to youth.

Presented by the Guyana Tri-State Alliance Inc., Guyana Consulate in New York and Guyana’s Mission to the U.N., the event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., between Adams and Court Sts.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene are among the VIPs scheduled to attend the affair, which includes the “A Taste of Guyana” reception, a violinist, dancers, song recitals and a sample of the Ingrid Griffith play “Demerara Gold.”

Griffith’s stage work ia about a seven-year-old Guyanese girl whose parents immigrate to America.

Under the theme, “Leaders in the Making, the event will pay tribute to the “Achievements of our Youth and thank them for their skills and talents, and support them in their endeavors.”

For information, call the Guyana Consulate at (212) 947-5115, the Guyana Mission at (212) 573-5828, Patricia Jordon-Langford at (917) 541-4101, Yvonne Marcus at (347) 256-4473 or Phyllis Cort at (914) 456-0563.


It’s jazzy gear for a great cause — Alpha Wear JA quality t-shirts benefitting the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.

The recently launched 2014 Summer Lookbook line, designed by Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders, features shirts in Jamaica’s national black, gold and green colors and others crafted with the Alpha Boys School’s signature red, gold and white hues.

The shirt debut has been elevated through the efforts of celebrity-past students, such as Yellowman, Leroy (Horsemouth) Wallace, Damon Riley and music star supporters Josey Wales, Chronixx, Konshens and others.

The handmade shirts are the major component of an entrepreneurial project operated by the school.

Founded in 1880 in Jamaica, the Alpha Boys School is a nonprofit educational and vocational training school for at-risk boys. The Alpha Wear JA initiative started in 2013. In the project, Alpha students are trained in screen-printing at the Jamaican Business Development Corp. and learn business skills, such promotion and customer service.

And with the support of the Digicel Foundation, the Alpha Boys School is due to open its own screen printing facility.

To support the program and its students, visit and purchase a shirt.


NYCitizenship (cq) in Schools program will present a free citizenship application assistance session on July 12 in Queens for parents who have children attending a city public school.

Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City University of New York’s Citizenship Now! program, the application assistance project will be held at Newtown High School, 48-01 90th St. in Elmhurst.

Registration is required. Call Immigrant Affairs at (212) 788-7654 to register or visit Also get information by visiting and selecting the NYCitizenship in Schools link.


Like the many visitors to the St. Maarten, the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa doesn’t take the Caribbean sun for granted and is using solar rays in a landmark energy project for the region.

The Westin has installed solar panels to help the sun’s energy provide power to the resort complex. It’s the first Westin hotel or resort in the world to take the leap forward and the only major resort in the Caribbean that’s gone solar.

But, back as far as 2007, the resort was using solar power – installing solar panels to heat the water used in guest rooms.

The new solar system is will produce enough electricity to power 111 average sized American homes.

Columbia Sussex Corp., the resort’s owner, worked with the OneWorld Sustainable firm to complete the project. The new solar system will produce enough electricity to power 111 average sized American homes – while greatly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

“In very few places around the world does it make better sense to utilize the power of the sun to generate electricity than in the Caribbean,” said OneWorld Sustainable President Tim Blackwell.

“With sunshine nearly guaranteed year round, we saw only positive attributes to making this capital and environmental sustainability investment,” said Dan Szydlowski, regional director.

The 317-room Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa has a full-service European-style Hibiscus spa, on-site casino, retail shops and the largest infinity pool on the island.

For more information, visit or call (721) 543-6700.


Caribbean woman who made waves in The Bahamas to battle racial discrimination and political and economic inequities were recognized at the screening of the “Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas 1948-1962” documentary on June 26 at the New Rochelle campus of Monroe College.

Filmmaker Marion Bethel, a Nassau, Bahamas native, was on hand at event. The film, written and produced by Bethel and co-directed by Maria Govan, profiles the five leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas – Mary Ingraham, Mabel Walker, Eugenia Lockhart, Georgiana Symonette and Dame Dr. Doris Johnson. Monroe College hosted the screening and talk for the June celebration of National Caribbean Heritage Month

Before the screening, Bethel – who is also an attorney – was honored at the Monroe College Faculty Appreciation Day Lunch, held under the theme, “Celebrating the Culture of the Caribbean.” She also met with international students from the college’s “Film and Literature” honors class.

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Jun 29, 2014

A Closer Look at the Air Jordan 14 Retro “Thunder”

Following up on our coverage a couple days ago (seen here), we’re offering a closer look at the Air Jordan 14 Retro “Thunder.” As many of you already know, the design of this shoe pays tribute to Michael’s passion for motorsports with its Ferrari-inspired contours. Making its first appearance in 2014, this retro silhouette takes on a predominantly black suede upper with hits of yellow throughout. In lieu of our previous post, we can confirm that the Air Jordan 14 Retro “Thunder” will drop on July 4 at select accounts including UBIQ.

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Jun 29, 2014

Asics Gel Saga “Exploration Tech” Soft Grey/White

Asics release another solid colorway to its original ’90s Gel Runner. As a second offering to the “Exploration Tech” pack, the sneaker sees a leather/suede light gray upper, a blue internal collar, red hits throughout and a speckled midsole. The shoe also incorporates Asics’ trademark GEL cushioning system, making it comfortable along with lightweight. Those interested can head over to COMMONN as these are now available for £94 GBP (approximately $ 160 USD).

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